– The House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 1108
on Thursday, which sets the guidelines for the distribution of $2.6 billion in federal funds for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Under the bill, Bradford County would receive $5,447,701, Sullivan County would get $1 million, and $3,641,975 would go to Susquehanna County. The local funding is out of $625 million designated for counties to help address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).
“Too many local residents and businesses are struggling as a result of the health crisis, so this funding is going to have a major impact on communities in the three counties,” said Pickett.
“These funds will go a long way toward providing much-needed relief and start the economic recovery process resulting from the governor’s business restrictions.”
The remaining funds would be allocated across various state agencies and departments to provide services throughout Pennsylvania. Highlights include $225 million for a Statewide Small Business Assistance Program; $632 million for nursing homes, long-term care and personal care; $10 million for food assistance programs; and $50 million for volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) companies.
Pennsylvania received these funds from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides necessary emergency relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the passage of House amendments by the Senate, the legislation was sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Andy Briggs